After PETA notified the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) of Instagram posts showing dangerous hands-on encounters with lion cubs at Mario Tabraue’s shady roadside zoo. Zoological Wildlife Fund (ZWF) – object represented in King of tigers– On July 15, the agency quoted the ZWF as criticizing the following violations:
- Failure to ensure the safety of animals and the public after lion cub bit a guest during a practical meeting
- Failure to keep dangerous animals under the direct supervision of a handler, after ZWF allows public contact with a large lion over 16 weeks old
A recent inspection report confirmed that the USDA has nominated the ZWF multiple times for not even meeting the requirements. minimum requirements of the federal law on the protection of animals. This recently published report also mentions that the facility does not have a primate enrichment program.
The USDA previously referred to the ZWF in connection with its primate habitat: it confined two incompatible macaques together, and one chased and bit the other, leaving her with bleeding wounds.
This is not the first time a person from the Zoological Wildlife Foundation (ZWF) has been bitten by an animal.
In 2014, at a roadside zoo, a tiger bit off a construction worker’s thumb after he stuck his hand into a cage.
Late last year, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) issued a written warning to the enterprise after baby bitten by a young chimpanzee named Limbani.
The FWC advised the ZWF to immediately end public contact with the 40-plus-pound chimpanzee, but data from social media shows that the roadside zoo has allowed members of the public full contact with him since then – even as he got bigger, stronger, and more dangerous.
Limbani has just turned 5 years old – about the age at which he would naturally be separated from his mother and become more independent. Sadly, ZWF stole it from his mom when he was still a baby. He never lived in a social group with his mother or siblings as he should.
Mario Tabraue: Zoological Wildlife Fund (ZWF) The owner has a long rap list
The owner of the ZWF is the felon Mario Tabraue from the city. King of tigers infamy, a man whose current business model is focused on exploiting young exotic animals for publicity stunts and dangerous hands-on public meetings.
In the 1980s, Tabraue was involved in raising exotic animals and serving as a front for his drug smuggling venture. He was sentenced to 100 years in prison on charges of racketeering and drug-related offenses and was implicated in dismemberment and burning of the remains of a former federal informant… However, Tabro was released after serving only 12 years when he testified against other criminals.
How animals suffer in ZWF Miami and other roadside zoos
Big cats and chimpanzees are intelligent, self-aware animals. Those held back in profit-seeking tourist attractions – even those deceptively called “sanctuaries” or “rescues” – endure heartbreaking physical and psychological abuse to force them to endure direct contact with the public. It’s no wonder so many people are reaching their limit.
What can you do
Never buy tickets to roadside zoos where dangerous direct contact with big cats or other animal species is permitted. Encourage your friends, family, and social media followers to do the same.
Take action to help tigers trapped in tourist traps